Forensic Internship FSC481Y

Internship Class 2018

The FSC481 Research Internship Class of 2018, with Director and Instructor Dr. Joel Cahn (far right) and her teaching assistant, Vanessa Rossi (far left).

FSC481 is the fourth year internship course required for all graduates of the Forensic Science Specialist Program at the University of Toronto Mississauga. In addition to spending at least 200 hours at a forensic agency participating in on-the-job training or job shadowing, assisting with routine tasks, and collaborating with a professional forensic specialist on an original project, students also attend classes on professional practice and research skills. Experiential learning combined with a first class science degree is the keystone of the UTM Forensic Science program. Successful internships benefit the student, the mentor, and the agency through an exchange of ideas, learning opportunities, and resources dedicated to addressing a research problem or question of interest to the forensic agency and its employees. Forensic Science Day is the culmination of these partnerships.

In addition to class assignments designed to develop professional skills - for example, mock job interview, writing a cover letter and resumé, practice presentations, critical assessment of colleagues' research, and a mock trial - students also learn research skills such as obtaining ethics permission and writing a detailed research proposal. The results of the research are submitted in the form of a manuscript suitable for publication, written to the specifications of the Journal of Forensic Science. After final grading and editing by the course instructor, we anticipate that, with the mentors' approval (and given co-authorship), at least half of the research projects will be accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

 

FSC481Y5 Internship in Forensic Science EXP (SCI)

As the capstone experience for the Forensic Science Specialist Programs, this course provides students with professional practice and research experience. Students are required to attend classes that address proper research design and methodology, as well as issues of professional practice in the forensic sciences including: ethics; research protocols; written and verbal communication skills; professional communication (interviews, letters, emails, reports, presentations, and publications); and expert witness testimony. Students will also be placed with a participating forensic agency to conduct research and gain an understanding of the unit's daily operations. In addition to practice presentations, critiques, an ethics approval application, a 10-15 page research proposal, and a mock interview, students are required to formally present the results of their research at the annual Forensic Science Day symposium and submit a publication quality manuscript of their work. Students MUST apply for this course. Course Application, Information & Procedures: https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/forensic/applications

Exclusion: FSC482H5 or FSC483H5
Prerequisite: Enrolment in a Forensic Science Specialist Program and completion of the statistics course(s) requirement listed within the student's Forensic Science Program (ie. STA215H5 and STA220H5 and STA221H5 and BIO360H5 and BIO361H5 and PSY201H5 and PSY202H5) and FSC300H5 and FSC302H5 and permission of instructor. (Restricted to Forensic Science Specialists)
Notes

  1. Internship Placements are arranged by the FSC Program.
  2. Students MUST apply for this course and the Course Application is due in the February preceding the placement. Course Application, Information & Procedures: https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/forensic/applications
  3. There will be an information session regarding Internship Placements, preceding the application period.
  4. Students must have one free day (Monday - Friday) to work at their internship placement site and must be in the final year before graduation.
  5. Students are expected to provide their own transportation to placement work site.
Veronika Peycheva

 

Veronika Peycheva's research contributes to the Annual Review from the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario

Forensic Science student Veronika Peycheva completed an analysis of child deaths for the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario and her research on Paediatric  Drug Toxicity was profiled in the 2013 Paediatric Death Review Committee and Deaths Under Five Committee Annual Report. Coroner’s files were examined to conduct a trend analysis of drug toxicity deaths of children and youth during the years 2008-2010. Her findings and recommendations support the need for enhanced education on the risks of prescription drug use, especially among adolescents. The report has received a lot of publicity and interest, and Veronika’s research is currently being considered for publication in a forensic journal.

Read the Paediatric Death Review Committee and Deaths Under Five Committee Annual Report 2013 here


Toronto Police Conference 2013

 

Fingerprints and Ferrotrace: Students showcase forensic research

This year, 16 UTM students presented their findings. The audience included scene of crime officers, scientists, forensic identification officers, and even Robert Ramotowski, Chief Research Scientist of the United States Secret Service. Knaap says Ramotowski was impressed at the high quality of the students’ work.

Read more at UTM News


Yunhao Lucy Wu

 

Watch out: Halton police have an eye in the sky

The program began as a research project in partnership with the University of Toronto’s forensic sciences program. Banks said a student [Yunhao (Lucy) Wu], through the mentorship program, donated 200 hours of service and did a paper and presentation on the viability of the mini helicopter.

Read more at TheSpec.com


UTM Forensic Science

 

Forensics students dig into real-world research

Whoever said university life can be boring did not make it to U of T Mississauga's Annual Forensic Science Day (FSD), which was celebrated April 6 in the Matthews Auditorium of the Kaneff Building.

Read more at UTM News

UTM Forensic Science

Horsing around with forensics

When people think forensics they usually think of CSI: Miami, not horses. But Hannah Pryce, a student in the forensics program at University of Toronto Mississauga, spent her internship experience within the office of the Toronto Police Service Mounted Unit (TPSMU). Internship courses like this are a unique experiential learning opportunity available at U of T Mississauga.

Read more at UTM News